It’s really hard to size up the Chicago Bears
draft this year. Partially because the Bears
draft needs are many. Partially because it’s a “fat boy draft” like Mike Mayock
said! It’s “not sexy,” especially up at the top.
And this draft is the weirdest ever. Anything can happen. No NFL
teams seem to be in love with any prospect. Which creates more uncertainty than in any other draft that I can recall. So it’ll be fun to see how many picks all of us mock draft geeks get right Thursday night; especially vs. Mel Kiper, Mayock
Good luck to all who created a mock!
Fox 32 WFLD Bears
reporter Dionne Miller
said in my exclusive with her the Bears
will go O Line with their pick at #20. Most media
doing mock drafts and/or Bears
beat reporters are saying Linebacker to replace Brian Urlacher; Others say OT to strengthen the team’s weakest position.
They’re both right...
I was on a conference call with Mike Mayock from the NFL
Network a couple days ago. Mike Mayock is an NFL
draft expert and former defensive back. He played safety for Boston College and the New York Giants. He's a draft guru today. For a mock draft nerd like myself, I anticipated nothing but sheer awesomeness for this conference call.
Unfortunately, through no fault of Mayock, the experience fell well short of expectations.
Before we started, the NFL Network subjected us to a stupid (but thankfully brief) infomercial about some new programming. And since we were a captive audience waiting for Mike Mayock, the network was hoping we'd give their show some free publicity afterward.
We all get bombarded by ads and product placement. I just never thought I'd get it on a conference call.
There were over 100 other media
members on this call so I wasn't able to get any Bears
or local college football
prospects questions in. Then again, aside from ND, there are no relevant local collegiate prospects in this draft.
I listened for an hour and a half, but then hung up, despite the fact that Mayock was still answering questions. This fact will shock most of my readers, but I do actually have a life. And I have things to do some times. There are actual moments when I am disconnected from a computer, smartphone, television, radio etc.
However, I was around to hear Mike Mayock discuss one topic of local interest.
of Notre Dame
NFL mock drafts are crossword puzzles for football geeks. Which piece fits where and why. There's also a lot of speculation and b.s. involved; not so much on the journalists' end as much as with the sources. At this time of year, NFL scouts, GMs, front office guys etc. take lying to a level that resembles an art form.
That's why these can be so hard to predict by the time the Bears draft pick is on the board. Usually, you can get the first few picks right, but then draft day trades happen and dominoes fall, and it rips apart the NFL mock draft at the seams. This could all make for a more interesting Bears draft than in recent years.
To find the logic, I enlisted the help of my Chicago Bears beat writer Joey Flaherty. He does good work. Here's his first Bears mock composite
and his second.
Back by unpopular demand is my NFL Draft stock report: combine edition
So who do the Bears draft at #20? Here's what the "experts" say...
This week we look at where numerous publications have Notre Dame players, including Manti Te'o, going in the NFL Draft. Many "experts" have a couple mocked to the Bears, find out who! Next week we'll look at who various publications have mocked to the Bears at #20.
But first, Colin Cowherd to WMVP 1000 ESPN radio?
Get ready to hear more Colin Cowherd on ESPN’s local stations. That could mean you, Chicago.
It’s a definite possibility. Much like it does with the Greenberg-Golic morning show, there is talk that ESPN wants to give Cowherd more visibility on its locally-owned stations.
Chicago could be the next major market to get “The Herd,” whose show airs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. Last Thursday, WMVP-AM 1000 fired Harry Teinowitz
from its afternoon team that also includes Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic.
It is expected that ESPN 1000 will shift the Tom Waddle-Marc Silverman duo from 9 a.m.-1 p.m
. to afternoon drive. That would leave an opening to slide in Cowherd’s national show in the morning slot...